Fine-tuning the Contest Frequencies

I’ve just completed an update to the site that includes a few minor changes and one fairly significant one. The minor changes are listed at the bottom of this post, but first I’d like to address the larger one.

The frequency of a contest is key to the logic for LookContests.com. We started out with fairly simple frequencies: daily, weekly, monthly, single, unlimited and unknown. However, there are some contests that don’t quite fit into these groups. For example, some contests which we’ve categorized as ‘daily’ are actually set up so that once you’ve entered it, you can’t enter again for 24 hours. It’s a subtle but important difference.

To address this, I’ve expanded the frequency filters so that the list now looks like this:

  • daily: if you enter the contest any time on Monday, you can next enter it any time on Tuesday.
  • daily24hr: *new* if you enter the contest at 6pm one day, you can’t enter again until 6pm the next day.
  • weekly: if you enter the contest any time during the week, you can enter it again any time during the following week (LookContests considers a week to start on Sunday).
  • weekly7day: *new* if you enter a contest on Monday at 9pm, you can’t enter until after 9pm on the following Monday
  • monthly: you can enter the contest once per calendar month.
  • monthly30day: *new* you can enter the contest once per 30 day period.
  • unlimited: enter as many times as you like.
  • unknown: we try not to use this very often, but some contests are difficult to classify.

I hope this makes sense to everyone. We’ll start using these to classify new contests as they’re added. However, I don’t have the time to go back through the 500 or so active contests and check it they need to be changed. If you happen to come across one that’s wrong, please take a few seconds to submit a contest correction and I’ll get it fixed-up ASAP.

Other changes included in this release, are as follows:

  • Pop-up windows for Notes and Reminders have been eliminated. I didn’t really like the way these functions operated, so I’ve changed it around. I think it makes more sense now.
  • You can now edit or delete notes. This was a pretty basic feature that was missing. If you enter a note that has an error, you can now change it if you like, or delete it altogether.
  • User name is now displayed in the notes list. If you create a note and mark it as ‘public’, everyone will see it when they examine a contest. Now it will display your user name in the list. It’s a first step towards making the site a bit more community-oriented.
  • The Search function now includes the company name. When you do a search, the site now looks for the term that you’ve entered in the following fields: Title, Description, and Company.
  • Bug fixes. There were a lot of new users on the site this week, and a few bugs were uncovered as a result. Overall, though, I’ve been very pleased with the stability.

1 comment so far ↓

#1 laurel on 06.05.09 at 7:18 am

i have been using your other site, when i readthe blog about this one! LOVE IT!
A suggestion for future update – I know you have the reminders section for going back to check to see if you won, because some contests post the winners, but don’t contact them – instead – have this as an added field feature when loading a new contest – and have the info avaliable in the drop down list…

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